On the third day of the presidential elections registration process for candidates, Mohammad Hakim Torsan, head of legal and research center and a former security official, registered for the 2019 presidential elections on Saturday.
He ran in 2009 and in 2014 presidential elections. He withdrew in 2009 ahead of starting his campaigns but he did not succeed to receive adequate votes in 2014 elections.
Abdul Latif Pedram, an MP from Badakhshan and head of Afghanistan National Congress Party, was first to register for this year’s presidential elections.
The upcoming presidential elections are scheduled for 20th of July.
Torsan, who appeared before reporters at the Independent Election Commission’s compound on Saturday, said he will win the elections as he argued that he has a full support from the people.
“Based on my understanding from the people of Afghanistan, they (candidates) and Mr. (Ashraf) Ghani cannot compete with me,” said Torsan.
Nader Shah Ahmadzai and Mohammad Shafi Qaisari registered as Torsan’s running mates.
The presidential candidates’ registration process was kicked off last week on Thursday, January 3.
“Right people will be assigned for the right jobs and employment opportunities will be provided for the people. In addition, in the first step I will try to fightagainst ‘corrupt individuals, violators and spies,” said Torsan.
The Independent Election Commission says at least 73 possible candidates, including President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, have received information packages from the commission.
The Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA) meanwhile said votes will be divided among various candidates and none of them will be able toreceive over 50 percent of votes if more candidates run for the elections.
“The presence of more candidates will cause the votes to be divided and that the elections ticket will be unable to complete 50+1 percent of the votes to win the elections. Unfortunately, this is an engineered move by government,” said Naeem Ayubzada, CEO of FEFA.
The IEC officials meanwhile said a number of possible candidates have said they will register this week.
“It looks like (Mohammad Hanif) Atmar has almost completed his election team. Some other political and jihadi figures have promised to appear in the commission by the end of the week and register their names,” said Abdul Aziz Ibrahimi, the iEC deputy spokesman.
According to IEC, the candidates registration process will continue until January 20.